Our commitment to advancing knowledge and fostering meaningful dialogue is at the heart of everything we do. Our research and project outputs are dedicated to exploring the multifaceted dimensions of Britain's relationship with Europe and beyond, offering critical insights into the challenges and opportunities that shape our shared future.
Foreign security and defence policy
Foreign security and defense policy remain key aspects of Britain's and the EU's strategies in ensuring the safety and stability of their respective regions and beyond. Their evolving relationship post-Brexit presents opportunities for continued cooperation in areas of shared interest while also allowing for independent policy decisions when necessary.
The Centre for Britain and Europe (CBE) has worked mainly on various foreign policy issues impacting UK and Europe, in particular, the understanding the impact of security and defence policy changes stemmed from Brexit. These were delivered through briefings to parliament, assessments, and research collaborations. As a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, CBE made significant strides in collaboration with other higher educational institutions exemplified in the Jean Monnet outputs below.
- Cordial Entente (PDF) (2023)
- Border trouble? Cooperation between UK and European police, judicial, port and border authorities in the post-Brexit age (PDF) (2022)
- Reset or recalibration? Brexit’s impact on UK and EU foreign policy (PDF) (2021)
- Oral Evidence: Future UK-EU foreign policy and defence co-operation (PDF) (2020)
- Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review (PDF) (2020)
- Written evidence submitted by Centre for Britain and Europe (2020)
- Brexit: Common Security and Defence Policy missions and operations (PDF) (2018)
- Written Evidence from Dr Laura Chappell, Lecturer in European Politics, University of Surrey and Dr André Barrinha, Lecturer in International Security, University of Bath (BSD0004) (2018)
- The future of UK diplomacy in Europe (PDF) (2017)
- Oral evidence: Future of Britain's diplomatic relationship with Europe, HC 514 (2017)
- Europe in the world: Towards a more effective EU foreign and security strategy (PDF) (2016)
- UACES Collaborative Research Network (2012-2015)
- CBE-UCL Roundtable on European and British security and defence (2020/21)
- New final-year undergraduate module entitled ‘European Security and Diplomacy’ (2020/21)
Government and governance
In today's interconnected world, the concepts of government and governance are evolving, with a growing emphasis on collaborative and inclusive approaches to decision-making. The pursuit of good governance remains a shared aspiration, as nations seek to balance the interests of their citizens while navigating the complexities of the modern era.
In emphasising the need for improved governance, CBE assesses UK government policies in bid to understand its impact on industry and sectors such as small and medium-sized enterprises, higher education, and defence. The centre contributes to policy enhancements through briefing papers, collaborative research, and evidence for parliament.
- Analysing Brexit’s impact on UK small and medium-sized enterprises (PDF) (2020)
- Analysing Brexit’s impact on UK higher education (PDF) (2020)
- Analysing Brexit’s impact on UK defence (PDF) (2020)
- Life beyond COVID-19: What are experts concerned about? (2020)
- The shape of future parliamentary scrutiny of UK-EU relations (2020)
- The need for progress in the negotiations report (2020)
- Written evidence submitted by Professor Simon Usherwood (FRE0005) (2020)
- The progress of the UK’s negotiations on EU withdrawal- The Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration (PDF) (2018)
- Oral evidence: The progress of the UK’s negotiations on EU withdrawal, HC 372 (2018)
- Lessons learned from the EU Referendum Oral Evidence: Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (2016)
- Oral evidence: Lessons Learned from the EU Referendum,.HC 496 (2017)
- Brexit and local government Report (Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee (PDF) (2017)
- Oral Evidence: Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (2016)
- Written evidence submitted by the Centre for European Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University (2017)
- Current trends in European Integration Crisis: Beyond Euroscepticism (2014)
- UK in a Changing Europe (2017-2019)
- Innovating of teaching and learning of European Studies, INOTLES (2013)
Gender and identity
Gender and identity are integral aspects of contemporary politics, influencing policy development, political representation, and public discourse. Acknowledging these factors is crucial for promoting inclusivity, equality, and social justice in political systems worldwide.
Gender and identity remain a significant prominence for CBE as we seek to uncover the issues of global refugee flow, feminized poverty, and gender in practice. This theme is of major interest given its importance as one of the Jean Monnet thematic pillars. Consequently, myriad of teaching materials were produced, and events organised under the theme of gender and politics.
- Two day Winter School on interdisciplinary approaches to European studies (2020/21)
- European Security and Diplomacy’ undergraduate module (2020/21)
- Annual UACES-CBE PhD student forum (2020/21)
- Gender PhD workshop (2020/21)
- Equality and diversity in European foreign and security policies (PDF) (2020/21)
- Feminist Power Europe (PDF) (2018/19)
- European External Action Services High Level Conference on Women, Peace and Security (2018/19)
- ERA training session on gender equality law ”impact of Brexit on gender equality policies in the UK (2018/19)
- Gender, Euroscepticism and Voting in the EU Referendum” University of Bamberg (2017/18)
- Gender and Brexit – day school for secondary school pupils (2017/18)
- “Feminist Power Europe” at the European External Action Service (2017/18)
- Gendering European politics and law (PDF) (2017/18)
- EU’s implementation of the EU’s women peace and security agenda as part of the EIPA training programme (2017/18)
- Hyper-masculinity of Brexit is stopping us from finding another way forward, i op-ed (2019)
- Legsit is no joke, it is representative of a reactionary Brexit political culture, LSE Brexit Blog (2017)
- Exiting the EU? Opportunities and Pitfalls of Gender Mainstreaming, UK in a Changing Europe Analysis (2017)
- Hundred Years of Votes for Women: How Far We’ve Come and How Far There is Left to Go, The Conversation (2018)
Parties and populism
Traditional party systems have faced challenges from populist leaders and parties, often characterized by their anti-establishment stance, appeals to nationalist sentiments, and criticism of globalization. The interaction between established parties and populist forces continues to shape the continent's political dynamics, raising questions about the future of European governance.
CBE’s interest in parties and populism reflects the evolving nature of European politics through the rise of Euroscepticism. By studying these phenomena, the Centre aims to provide valuable insights into the changing dynamics of governance, electoral politics, and public policy, ultimately contributing to a more informed and resilient democratic system in the UK and Europe as a whole.
- CBE-IEA UK-EU forum on electoral behaviour (2020/21)
- Strategic silences in the EU Referendum Campaign, ESRC Workshop at House of Commons (2017/18)
- Public Euroscepticism after the British Referendum, EPERN blog (2017 )
- Post-Referendum Britain: Hopeful or Uncertain, The Policy Space blog (2017)
Energy and sustainability
As energy and sustainability become increasingly intertwined, Britain and Europe are at the forefront of global efforts to mitigate environmental impacts while ensuring long-term energy security and economic growth.
The 21st century armed conflict in Europe has attracted world attention but the escalation in 2022 further exemplifies the importance of understanding the intricacies of energy security and mitigation polies. CBE researches and advocates for development of strategies and solutions that can lead to a more sustainable and resilient future for the United Kingdom, Europe, and the global community as a whole.
Local governments, businesses, and civil society actively involve a wide array of stakeholders in decision-making processes, recognizing the importance of diverse perspectives for shaping policies and initiatives. This engagement extends to areas such as environmental regulation, corporate governance, and social policy.
As a research and policy centre, CBE has a strong commitment to effective stakeholder engagement with local governments, recognizing the pivotal role that local authorities play in shaping policies, governance, and public opinion within the context of the UK's relationship with Europe. Some of the most salient works include its briefing papers, research and commissioned works in analyses and strategizing growth of local governments in the post-Covid period. A Jean Monnet event was organised in conjunction with the cross-thematic engagement with civil society.
- The challenges and opportunities facing Surrey’s health landscape post-covid (PDF) (2021)
- New Surrey ‘localism’? Post-covid-19 practices in public services, anchor institutions and community wellbeing (PDF) (2021)
- Sustainable Surrey: the use of a hybrid growth model (PDF) (2021)
- Charting community-based growth in Surrey: local responses and county drivers (PDF) (2021)
- Charting Surrey’s post-Covid rescue, recovery and growth report (PDF) (2020)
- Post-Covid Report executive summary (PDF) (2020)
- Growing Surrey: mapping Surrey's post-Covid growth strategy (PDF), UKRI SPF research (2021)
- Charting Surrey’s rescue, recovery and growth in the age of Covid-19 and Brexit (PDF), ESRC IAF research (2021)
- Post-Covid Report: Covid-19 recovery: Collaborative civic engagement in Surrey, EPEN blog (2020)
- Surrey Research Park newsletter article about the Post-Covid Report (2020)